Substantive short articles on Marxian sociology

Basic Income, Wellness and Changing Forms of Productivity

Our current COVID moment has fuelled hopes for the embrace of progressive economic policies, basic income included. But Finland’s experiment suggests that not all applications of BI are necessarily progressive. Indeed, it is important to register that policy experiments precisely operate as a means for the state to open out new frontiers. In this instance an experimental policy opened out new routes to promote the restructuring of labour supply.  

By |2020-07-29T14:38:43-04:00Jul 29, 2020|

This Is Not Normal

We live in unprecedented times. A pandemic shut down public places, businesses and global movement, revealing the farce of global capitalism as it demonstrated we don’t need to work. After the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the anger about state-tolerated police violence against Black people turned to rage. [...]

By |2020-07-22T13:18:32-04:00Jul 22, 2020|

Capitalist Political Economy, Fascistic Tendencies, and Left Politics in India

I wrote Critical Reflections on Economy and Politics in India: A Class Theory Perspective (published by Brill in 2020) as an attempt to ‘apply’ to the Indian context, some of the general ideas about class presented in my Marxist class theory for a skeptical world (published in 2017). Many scholars argue [...]

By |2020-07-15T14:09:55-04:00Jul 15, 2020|

The Radical Right: Thriving and in Disarray

There are two fundamental axes along which we need to keep following the further mobilization of the far right: is the far right moving from Republican-manipulated networks to an organization in its own right? Is it formulating a social vision of its own, which might conflict with the plundering instincts of the shortsighted business families who now hold the reins? So far, Trumpism’s mass organizational and ideological thrusts have been restricted to election years. It will likely remain that way, but some dynamics might change especially as the Left mobilizes further.

By |2020-07-08T11:55:44-04:00Jul 8, 2020|

Disintegrating US-China Economic Symbiosis and the New Inter-Imperial Rivalry

The dynamics of US-China rivalry is an inter-imperial rivalry driven by inter-capitalist competition. Competition for the world market could soon turn into intensifying clashes of spheres of influence and even war. It is not new. It resembles a lot of the dynamics as described in Lenin's Imperialism as the Highest Stage of Capitalism. In the book, published in 1917, Lenin talked about the competition between German and British banks to lend to Latin American countries to build railroads and to ensure the projects would rely on German or British supplies. This is just like talking about the competition between China and the U.S. to offer credits to Belt and Road countries to build infrastructure. In the early twentieth century, inter-capitalist competition led to inter-imperial rivalry culminated in two world wars.

By |2020-07-02T09:39:04-04:00Jul 2, 2020|

To Recover From This Crisis, We Need to Defund Wall Street

Democratizing finance contrasts sharply with the panicked stimuluses states keep injecting into their zombified economies. Finance should serve a global public mandate, not a nationalistic private one, that throws its power behind productive projects that can help empower global workers and pull them back from the brink. At its heart, democratizing finance aims to reallocate flows of credit and investment away from the casino of non-productive financial assets into the production of things the people and the planet need.

By |2020-07-09T09:42:42-04:00Jun 29, 2020|

Monopsony Capitalism and Worker Power in the Global Garment Industry

The pandemic and its economic effects have accelerated many of the changing dynamics that I outline in 'Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age'. Indeed, the COVID-19 crisis lays bare the consequences of years of overreach by global brands as well as the growth, consolidation and organisation of suppliers in the apparel industry.

By |2020-06-24T10:00:25-04:00Jun 24, 2020|

Pandemic’s Lesson: Global Capitalism is Uneven and Dangerously Particularistic

There is probably no better example of why “it is much easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism” than governments’ responses to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The problem is not so much that the structural and ideological hegemony of capital accumulation prevents us from [...]

By |2020-06-18T16:47:21-04:00Jun 18, 2020|

The Political Economy of Peacebuilding in Somalia

There will be a long political struggle to build an equitable Somalia, it will be complicated and frustrating, and it will require cultivating new social imaginaries that link political, economic, and cultural domains of life in a way that challenges the present era of depressing capitalist realism.

By |2020-06-17T12:44:11-04:00Jun 17, 2020|

Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police

Black lives matter. Between 1963 and 1972, there were more than 750 Black-led urban revolts in the United States in 525 cities. How did sociologists react? A number of prominent scholars dismissed these uprisings as irrational, violent outbursts, going so far as to exclude all “collective acts of violence” from [...]

By |2020-06-13T08:42:46-04:00Jun 12, 2020|